Most of you know that I've been here a long time, since the very beginning, actually. I began as an admin working with Hero, back over 8 years ago now when this place first got started, and I've been lurking about the site in various ways ever since. I've been an Admin, a Mod, a regular user (shortly), and a Sage. I've been a Mod most recently, and most of you who are active probably only remember me as a Sage or a Mod. I'm happy to say that I've loved every minute of the time I've spent on staff here at the Pipe. It's been an absolute joy to be such an integral part of this community.
Having said that, I've reached a decision point in my life where things are beginning to come to a head and are literally demanding much more of my attention than I ever expected them to. That's the largest reason for my lack of activity since the end of summer; things offline have simply and forcefully demanded my attention to an extent that I feel I can no longer benefit this community by remaining on staff.
I've talked with Mage about this a bit, and I had initially intended to use the month of January as a trial period, to see if I could rejuvenate my activity while continuing the things in my life that require so much focus. Regrettably, while I feel like I have been able to increase my personal traffic on the site, things have become even more turbulent for me this month, and I feel it's in everyone's best interests if I simply step down and leave the staff in good standing, rather than waiting for them to kick me out because of inactivity.
This is in no way a statement that you'll never see me around here again. I've been here since Day 0, and I have no intentions of ever leaving this place. I've tried fitting in to other online communities, but nowhere feels like home the way the Pipe does. I mentally consider myself to be the "Old Man" of the Pipe, and I'll be here until the day she vanishes. So you'll definitely still be seeing me post and contribute in various ways. I'll just no longer be doing so as part of the staff.
I have every confidence in Mage and Slasher to choose a worthwhile replacement for my position, and in their leadership of the site as a whole. It was my honor to be on staff with them for as long as I was, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for them.
I love this place, this community. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a Moderator here, even though I may not have been the greatest Mod out there. I love you all, and I'm looking forward to continuing here on the Pipe among the ranks of Retired Staff members. Thank you all.